PHOENIX, Ariz. – It was a record-setting Saturday at the Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival, with more than 3,100 attendees pouring into the Phoenix Convention Center for day of brews, bites and industry elbow-rubbing at the fourth annual event.
The indoor craft beer festival best known for its cask, wild and barrel-aged beers is the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild’s premier summer event, drawing thousands from across Arizona and beyond who come to sample rare, unconventional and limited-release offerings from some of the state and region’s top craft producers. In addition to more than 350 beer options up for sampling, Real Wild & Woody featured food from HopDaddy Burger Bar and Pig & Pickle and a summer camp-themed setting complete with a climbing wall, live music, a silent disco from Huss Brewing and a retro video arcade compliments of Avondale’s 8-Bit Aleworks, among other draws. Also new this year was an expanded floor plan covering twice as much space as in years past, which helped accommodate the larger size of this year’s crowd.
“Real, Wild & Woody offers a uniquely Arizona experience, but it’s unlike any beer festival you’ve ever been to,” said Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director Rob Fullmer. “We nearly doubled our number of visitors from last year alone, and it’s a testament to both what our brewers are doing and how Arizona’s brew scene just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
For the record, the “real” in Real, Wild & Woody refers to the event’s cask offerings, “wild” is a reference to beers brewed with Brettanomyces yeast and “woody” honors the festival’s barrel-aged brews. For more about Real, Wild & Woody, visit RealWildandWoody.com. For more about the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, visit ChooseAZBrews.com.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA CRAFT BREWERS GUILD:
The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was established in 1998 and represents nearly 100 breweries, breweries in the planning stages, craft beer bars, partners and distributors across the state of Arizona. The Guild promotes the craft brewing industry in Arizona by providing educational opportunities to brewers, distributors and consumers and promotes quality craft beers and the responsible consumption of those products.